Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Day Sixty-six

On Panel Two: The yellow is shaded, the red is shaded. I started on the blue shading.
Things are really starting to look good

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Day Sixty-Five

More shadow painting on Panel Two. About 3/4 of the way done with it. Should finish it tomorrow.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Day Sixty-four

Made some good progress over the past two days. Am adding the shadow to the yellow knotwork now on panel two. This will probably occupy the next two days. Then I will do the red and then the blue, then the highlights on all three. Or I might paint in the black and leave the highlights till last since they will not cross over into any other areas. And and is starting to come within view, but still a couple weeks of work yet. The other colors will go faster.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Day Sixty-two

Completed the yellow shading on panel three and some on panel One.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Day Sixty-one

Started painting the shadows on panel three. Here is a close-up of the left corner.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Day Sixty - The color blocking is done

The color blocking on all three panels is done. I played around with a few arrangements, and decided on the placement of the panels. (Sometimes it is different seeing them in color and seeing how the colors relate.) These photos show the latest progress. Now it is on to the shadows.

Day Fifty-nine

Painted a little more of the blue frameon panel two. No new photot tonight. The progresswas not all that different from last night. Tomorrow the frame will be finished and I will post a new photo then.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Day Fifty-eight

Painted in some of the blue outer frame on panel Two. I am painting from each side of the board, since they are all smooth lines. Here, i have completed two sides. Will finish it up tomorrow.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Day Fifty-seven

Painted all the base color in on Panel three. Will do the same on panel two starting tomorrow.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Day Fifty-six

Finished the red outer frame blocking. Technically, all the colors are laid down on Panel One. Now it is time for the shadows, which will make the over-under separations, the highlights, and the black background, which will even everything out.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Day Fifty-five

More blocking in the red outer frame on Panel One.

Day Fifty-four

Laid down more redouter frame on Panel One. Everything is drawn in now, so it is on to the color blocking.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Day Fifty-three

Finished the red knotwork on panel three, and tinkered with all three panels. Here are the pictures of the end of night progress.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day Fifty-two

More progress on Panel three, as I almost have all the red knotwork base painted in. I believe one more session will finish it up. So far I have spent just at 100 hours on this project. This works out to about two hours a night, a few days missed, and a few longer days on the weekends. I think it is pretty good progress considering there are three panels being worked on.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Day Fifty-One

Finished drawing in the knotwork on Panel Three. Now it can all be painted in uniformly.

Monday, June 14, 2010


Wow! Fifty days already. After re reading yesterday's post, I realize it was a mistake not to include a photo - even if things looked bad. If i only include the "good Stuff", Neither I nor anyone else can see that not everything goes perfectly. So here is a photo after tonight's work. Some of the badness has been covered up and fixed, but a lot remains. I reworked the path of a lot of knotwork directly on the panel. As can be seen, though, it is being covered up and no one will be able to tell where the changes were. In this photo the changes can be seen on the right side of the central design, and around the outer frame, which is not all finished. I used an orange marker to trace the knotwork. There is also a lot of pencil sloppiness all around. But all is being handled. Stay tuned.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Day Forty-nine

A long session today. Made quite a mess of things, but I think I have it all sorted out now. Panel three needs more work, and right now, looks pretty rough. I became obsessed with getting the knotwork down to one single strand (Line) and went about it the wrong way round. Usually I design a piece, lay out the knotwork pattern the way I like it, try to keep it uniform, and then work out the over-unders of the line. Usually the line only needs to change course once or twice to all become one single line. Usually it is very easy to correct and sketch in. I completely overestimated the ease of erasability of these canvas boards. Once i traced the path of the knotwork and figured out where the cross overs would be, they had to be covered over and redrawn and the whole path traced over again. Even with a tracing paper overlay, this proved difficult, so I was forced to do a lot of background drawing on the board itself with a marker that would show up, but not contrast. So - right now, panel three is marked up to within an inch of its life and it is not a pretty sight. Once things are painted in, it will be perfect. But I did not have the heart to photograph it till things are cleaned up. It was a big - mistake? - no that is not the word because it was a major learning experience. Yes, that's it - a big learning experience.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Day Forty-eight

Outlining knotwork on panel three, and checking over the path to see if it is one line. Right now two cross overs are required to make the whole pattern one line, so I am trying to fing the most discreet place to do it. This whole panel needs to be outlined because the main framework is going to be yellow. I need to get rid of all the graphite I can for it to work. There will probably be another two sessions of outlining to finish the knotwork. It is tedious, but all necessary.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Day Forty-seven

Filled in the central knotwork on panel three.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Day Forty-six

Here is a photo of the latest progress. Working on Panle three now, fleshing out the knotwork.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Day Forty-six

Panel three - Drew in the base lines for the rest of the knotwork and started fleshing them out a little. It is very time consuming.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Day Forty-five

Drew in guides for the knotwork on Panel Three. Will flesh it out tomorrow.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Day Forty-four

Spent most of tonight evening things out and filling in the yellow base knotwork color. The yellow is transparent, so it can go over the lines, but the board ubderneath has to be clean enough so that the pencil lines do not show thru. I outlined all the yellow areas in brown and orange marker then wnet over the top. this seems to work out great.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Day Forty-three

Lots of progress today. Finished the base color on all the knotwork on Panel One, and outlined the remaining knotwork on Panel Two. Will paint in the base yellow color next. Also reworked some of the framework on all three panels. The photos show my latest progress.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Day Forty-two

All the knotwork is drawn in on Panel Two. I can start painting it soon. Tomorrow I believe i will drawn as much as I can on Panel Three, and get that in shape for painting.
The attached photo shows the latest progress.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Day Forty-0ne - back after being sick

Lost yesterday by being a very sick boy. Exhaustion from the trip, a change of air and other conditions gave me what I can only deem is the flu. I have energy back tonight, but only just. Tonight's progress was only pencil work on panel two. but it all works toward the whole. Sorry for the absence, but doesn't it make the heart grow fonder?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Day Thirty-Nine - Back in town, the work resumes

Back from my trip. Had a memorable and emotional visit, with everyone in pretty good spirits. Back to work. Started knotwork on panel Three. Drew in and rough painted the red center. I have included two photos from tonight - one is to reorient myself as to the overall progress of the project, and one that shows tonights detail. Once I fill in the rest of the knotwork on panels two and three, i will then be free to move back and forth on all three until they are done. It was exciting to get back and work on these.